* Skiers seeking an alternative to drafty lodgings and slope-side slop can shave 50 percent off a gourmet package at the Jackson House Inn in Vermont. The per-room deal starts at $370 and includes two nights at the Woodstock manse (rates usually from $195 a night) and a pair of tickets to a sip-and-sup event (usually $65-$75 each), which includes a wine/cheese tasting and a five-course meal. For winter dates: Dec. 18 (wines from Argentina), Jan. 15 (California), Feb. 12 (Italy) and March 19 (New Zealand). Woodstock is about an hour by car from Manchester, N.H. From D.C., fly Southwest to Manchester for about $100 round trip, or drive half a day north. 800-448-1890, www.jackson house.com.

* Seabourn Cruise Line has extended its sale on Mediterranean voyages, allowing passengers to pay half the going rate -- but still eat their share of caviar. The cruise-only deal covers more than 40 itineraries for the 2003 season. A sampling: A week-long cruise from Lisbon to Barcelona on April 20 is $3,286 per person, double occupancy -- down from almost $6,000. A 14-day trip from Athens to Lisbon on May 6 is $5,223 (vs. $10,445). Compared with, say, Carnival, the rates are high, but Seabourn is known for such amenities as suites with balconies, roving masseuses and open bar. For added air, an early-booking deal lets you save up to 40 percent, with rates from $3,884. Up to $220 in taxes extra. 800-929-9391, www.seabourn.com.

-- Andrea Sachs